For 823 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Get This Party Started: Season 1
Score distribution:
823 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Punchy, clever, and entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The drama is engaging, but fans of the book should prepare for a wildly different story.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The idea of different chronological variants of the same character wandering the same timeline would be a forbidden paradox in most time-travel tales. But The Time Traveler's Wife embraces it. Because highly emotional moments in his life act as a kind of magnet for Henry's temporal tumbles, there are certain moments—the awful ones, mostly, like the death of his mother—where there are as many as 20 versions of him looking on, all as dumbstruck with horror as they were the first time they witnessed it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    It's more of a generational collision over the meaning of sex and relationships, disquieting and discouraging regardless of which side of its generation gap you're from, but surprisingly engrossing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Glenn Garvin
    As a critic, I get paid to watch TV shows, which is a lucky thing for Apple TV's new series Shining Girls, because for its first two and a half hours, it's nearly unwatchable, even though it starts with a reasonably enticing premise: a couple of reporters trying to track down a serial killer. Slooooow, confusing and riddled with what-the-hell moments, it moves at the pace of a snail on Quaaludes. And then, the snail gets a shot of crystal meth. Shining Girls is an immensely entertaining show, if you have the time and patience to wait it out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Explosive and appalling, 61st Street tears off its mundane outer wrappings to reveal foundation garments of pure steel.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Always weird, sometimes annoying, but frequently fascinating, Outer Range has Yellowstone's same sense of a cowboy family unaware that it has lived out its time—but in this case, the encroachment is not being done by modernity, but something antediluvian that's returned for a possession it left behind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    This look back at the America of 1963 breathtakingly captures the dying roars of an old culture and the triumphant cries of the new one. It may be the closest thing to time travel we'll ever experience. [29 Sep 2002, p.M8]
    • Miami Herald
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    It should also be noted that Minx is almost certainly the most penis-friendly show in television history, though HBO's teen-boinkfest Euphoria is providing some stiff (heh heh) competition.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 35 Glenn Garvin
    With the storyline frequently repetitious and almost entirely incomprehensible, it seems that only headhunters and professional sadists will likely manage to maintain long-term interest in That Dirty Black Bag.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    As the shows progress and they begin mucking around with their hairstyles, difficult morphs into near-impossible and all the doppelganger gimmickry makes it feel like you're sitting through every scene twice. Which, as any good minimalist can tell you, is about 1.5 times too many.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    In the long run, it's a good bet that NBC's new crime drama The Endgame is going to prove infuriatingly terrible. But for now, it's electrifying. It's the crack of television, except you don't need a pipe, just a remote.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Even if you've never watched Dateline NBC—but more especially if you have—NBC's miniseries The Thing About Pam is irresistibly entertaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    What's for sure is that if you like the Reacher books, you'll like the Reacher TV show. The blend that marks the books—of brute force and dry wit, of rootlessness and personal loyalty, of animal savagery and human decency—is present and accounted for.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Quite the opposite of American Auto's sheer looniness, Grand Crew seems intent on redefining the word "tepid."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Like Gasteyer, the rest of American Auto's cast—including Harriet Dyer (The Invisible Man) as a promiscuous publicist, Jon Barinholtz (Superstore) as a corporate heirhead and Tye White (NCIS: Los Angeles) as a bemused assembly-line worker yanked up into management so there will be at least one person there who knows something about cars—is uniformly hilarious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It has an underbelly sufficiently dark that grown-up Kirsten's hands sport a generous number of the tattoo equivalents of gun-stock notches, keepsakes of her capable work with knives. There's also a pervasive feeling that someone—or something—is watching. And what's that mysterious comic book to which Kirsten keeps consulting as if it's a training manual?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Watching it will definitely give you some painful 1960s and 1970s whiplash.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Like the history from which it springs, Glória is taut, tight and terrifying.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Harriet the Spy is probably better described as cute, though the kids' novel on which it's based was strange and arguably a little disturbing back in the day.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    It's sometimes soggy and silly, sometimes sharply insightful; sometimes a politically correct sledgehammer, sometimes waspishly funny. One thing that seems certain is that it's far more ideologically attuned than its predecessor. The original version certainly had a political bent, but only in a broad, traditionally sci-fi way: ruthless totalitarians bad, smiley-faced anti-totalitarians good. The new show is far more specifically tethered to the woke politics of 2021.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    What makes New Blood worth watching is the return of a couple of grisly old friends. Hall and Carpenter may be playing their characters the same old way, but that's as memorable as ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Queens is undeniably a soap opera—a highly entertaining one—but it's also a wry and often endearing commentary on both the wisdom and the decrepitude of advancing age.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 0 Glenn Garvin
    If we ever have a Scopes trial on the existence of devolution, Legends of the Hidden Temple is going to be Exhibit A.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Ghosts is more cute than funny. Though it must be given credit (if that's the right word) for breaking the broadcast-TV barrier on a particular euphemism for fellatio, which the ghosts use frequently without any awareness of its modern American significance. Now, on to the rusty trombone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    This CSI is indistinguishable from all the rest: The same spectacular camera zoom and splashy skyline photography. The same disturbing obsession with corpse porn.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The shark-jumping occurred in Happy Days' fifth season. But a critic who waits five years to declare a shark jumped these days probably won't have a show left to declare dead; three and a half seasons is now considered a healthy lifespan for a TV series. So let's give mad props to NBC's La Brea, which vaults the Selachimorpha in precisely nine minutes when it debuts next week.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    But mostly the problem with Our Kind of People is its silly parlor-game sensibility.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    It's very funny, rather charming and … well, GOOD.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    To my amazement, it's funny, slightly daft, and wonderfully contemptuous of not only the reality genre but the entirety of television. Where else would you ever see brother-and-sister twins dry-hump one another during a dance tryout while a producer screams to his assistant, "Call research and see how incest plays in the Midwest!"

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